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Combating Racial Discrimination : Affirmative Action as a Model for Europe? - Erna Appelt

Combating Racial Discrimination

Affirmative Action as a Model for Europe?

By: Erna Appelt (Editor), Monika Jarosch (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 5th January 2000
ISBN: 9781859733080
Number Of Pages: 256

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In Europe as well as in other parts of the world, xenophobia and racism are among the unsolved problems of the ending 20th century. Globalization, mass migration and unemployment as well as the need to invent new supra- or crossnational identities require new political answers concerning the problems of inclusion and exclusion.

In the United States and in Canada, 'affirmative action' programmes are among those policies which are intended to redress the injustice of discrimination based primarily on race, ethnicity, sex, but also on national origin, religion, or disability.

This timely book is the first to present an overview of these hotly debated questions and the anti-discrimination policies in different countries. Experts from the United States, Canada and Europe examine the historical, institutional, judicial and sociological conditions of affirmative action and look at shifting concepts of racism, equality, integration and assimilation. They address the vital questions of whether policies originally created to increase opportunities for African Americans can be applied in Europe; whether the primary goal of 'affirmative action' should be to correct injustice or to safeguard diversity; and whether the democratic ideal of individual equality is at odds with what many perceive as preferential treatment.

Moral success but political failure? Compensatory justice or reverse discrimination? This important book evaluates more than thirty years of affirmative action and helps to develop new instruments to deal with the roots and the effects of discrimination.

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'(The) contributions are wide-ranging and of interest.' Journal of Social Policy 'Appelt and jarosch's volume [draws] from an international conference held in Austria in 1998, and [provides] a rich source of information on anti-discrimination legislation in the United States, Canada and Europe.' Patterns of Prejudice 'This interesting and exciting collection assumes a certain familiarity with the constitutions and justice systems of the countries discussed and especially the USA...even if it cannot offer a solution, the excellent intention of the book is to confront the practical and immediate experiences of America with European conflicts.' Das Historisch-Politische Buch

List of Contributorsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Affirmative Action: a Cross-National Debatep. 1
Notesp. 19
The Extra-European Debatep. 21
Can Affirmative Action Combat Racial Discrimination? Moral Success and Political Failure in the Usp. 23
Positive Action and Democracyp. 41
Notesp. 58
In Defence of Affirmative Action: North American Discourses for the European Context?p. 61
Notesp. 79
Affirmative Action in the Us: the Legal Dimensionp. 81
Notesp. 103
Using Historical and Sociological Evidence to Defend Anti-Discrimination Policiesp. 111
Notesp. 122
Racial Discrimination and Affirmative Action: Canada's Experience with Anti-Discrimination Legislationp. 125
Notesp. 136
Affirmative Action and 'race' Relations: 'affirmative Action' as a Model for Europep. 137
Notesp. 154
The European Experiencesp. 157
Positive Action in the United Kingdomp. 159
Positive Action: the Dutch Experiencep. 173
Notesp. 182
Positive Action in Sweden: from Central Solutions to Local Responsibility for Combating Ethnic Discriminationp. 183
Notesp. 200
The Integration of Immigrants and Refugees in European Societiesp. 201
Notesp. 214
'we Demand That the Foreigners Adapt to Our Life-Style': Political Discourse on Immigration Laws in Austria and the United Kingdomp. 217
Notesp. 236
Equality as a Right: Lessons to Be Learned from Ec Sex Equality Law for a Multi-Dimensional Ec Anti-Discrimination Lawp. 239
Notesp. 255
Combating Employment Discrimination in Europe: National Variation and the Dawn of 'good Practice'p. 259
Notesp. 278
Relevant Legal Instrumentsp. 279
Relevant Casesp. 281
Bibliographyp. 283
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ISBN: 9781859733080
ISBN-10: 1859733085
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 5th January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.61  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.48

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